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RIL and BP working on India's deepwater gas production
Dec. 28, 2020
Source: RT

RIL and BP working on India's deepwater gas production

A few days ago, Reliance Industries Limited (RIL) and BP announced the start of production from the R Cluster. It is an ultra-deepwater gas field in block KG D6 off the east coast of India. it is located at a depth of more than 2,000 meters, making R Cluster the deepest offshore gas field in Asia. RIL and BP are developing three deepwater gas projects in block KG D6.

India might resume oil supply from Iran
Nov. 9, 2020

India might resume oil supply from Iran

Last year in mid-2019, India totally stopped its purchase from Iran after Trump has imposed tough sanctions on it. But with Biden's win, India might look for Iranian supply again with the underlined condition of a longer wait. As a clear statement came from Shin Kim of S&P Global Platts, "We do not expect a meaningful return of Iranian oil before 2022 under either Trump or Biden.”

GSPL to increase gas transmission
Nov. 3, 2020

GSPL to increase gas transmission

Gujarat State Petronet Ltd has decided to raise its gas transmission by about a quarter from the next Fiscal year. The Mehsana-Bhatinda pipeline which will be completed by March is the key factor for the decision. Joint MD of GSPL Mr.Sanjeev Kumar added, "The initial capacity utilization of the Mehsana-Bathinda pipeline will be 9 to 10 mmscmd, which will be scaled up as new gas import terminals come up in the state,"

Festivity raised fuel demand in India
Nov. 2, 2020

Festivity raised fuel demand in India

As the festivals enter the door of India, demand for diesel rose by 6.6% and petrol by 4% in October. The increased transportation of goods during the season is the most crucial factor for the driven up demand. Refineries across the country have also started to gain pace as Indian Oil Corporation Ltd, the nation's largest refiner saw a rise of 94% run from below 50% since April.

Energy supermajors plan to invest more in India
Oct. 28, 2020

Energy supermajors plan to invest more in India

Recently at the Indian Energy Forum, BP Plc announced its plan to extend its business in India along with its major partner Reliance Industries Ltd. This is the third joint venture between Reliance and BP Plc with 51% and 49% shares respectively. Another attendee, TOTAL SE also stated that they find India as the largest market in the world of energy and is investing to set major energy projects in India.

India’s slow and steady unlocking lead to gain in fuel demand
Oct. 13, 2020

India’s slow and steady unlocking lead to gain in fuel demand

With ease in restrictions, India saw a rise in fuel demand in September since June. Among all the oil commodities the consumption of diesel, a key link to economic growth, saw a sharp rise of 13.2% since the last few months. Petrol demand also saw an increment by 2.9% and LPG by 5.7% since August.The demand was low in August but with relieving restrictions it might recover in the coming months.

Fugro wins India offshore survey contract from ONGC
Sept. 17, 2020

Fugro wins India offshore survey contract from ONGC

Fugro has secured a fourth consecutive contract from Oil & Natural Gas Corporation (ONGC) to provide integrated survey services. Under the contract, Fugro will provide infield developments on the east and west coasts of India. The contract also includes rig positioning, current profile measurements and wellhead searches. Fugro will carry out the services using multibeam bathymetric, shallow seismic profiling, magnetometry and 2D ultra-high resolution.

Madhya Pradesh based oil firm charged for a bank loan fraud
Aug. 24, 2020

Madhya Pradesh based oil firm charged for a bank loan fraud

FIR has been registered by the CBI against the officials of KS Oils Ltd, a Madhya Pradesh based company in an alleged Rs 938 crore bank loan scam. Searches were conducted on Saturday in Morena and Delhi at the premises of the firm. K S Oils Ltd has manufacturing plants in Morena, Ratlam and Guna in Madhya Pradesh, Kota in Rajasthan and a port-based refinery in Haldia, West Bengal.

Covid-19 hits ONGC facility off India
Aug. 12, 2020

Covid-19 hits ONGC facility off India

At least 31 employees of India’s state-controlled Oil & Natural Gas Corporation (ONGC) working at a key offshore facility off the country’s west coast have tested positive for Covid-19. These 31 employees had spent 15 days at the facility. They were found positive in the COVID-19 test conducted at a hospital in Mahim. G North ward has reported 6,613 COVID-19 cases so far, of which 1,908 patients are from Mahim.

Aramco is still working on deal to invest $15 bn in RIL
Aug. 10, 2020

Aramco is still working on deal to invest $15 bn in RIL

Saudi Aramco said it’s still working on a deal to buy a $15 billion stake in Reliance Industries Ltd.’s refining and chemicals business, even as lower oil prices forced it to slash investment spending. The deal with Reliance would help Aramco to join the ranks of the top oil refiners and chemical makers. Aramco is already a major supplier of crude to India.

HPCL profit climbs by 157%
Aug. 7, 2020

HPCL profit climbs by 157%

Hindustan Petroleum Corp’s increased profit by 157% to Rs 2,252 crore in the April-June quarter capitalizing on inventory gains and increased marketing margins. The gross refining margin for the quarter was $.04 per barrel compared to $0.75 in the year-ago quarter. Crude prices have more than doubled to $45 a barrel since late April. Product prices too have similarly risen.

Bidding for BPCL extends till September end
July 30, 2020
Source: The Telegraph

Bidding for BPCL extends till September end

PSU refiner BPCL has extended the deadline to submit an expression of interest (EOI) for the third consecutive time till 30th September. Sources speculate that the Saudi Aramco, Abu Dhabi National Oil Co, Rosneft of Russia, Exxon Mobil, and RIL are likely to participate in the bidding process. Due to the ongoing global crisis, India is an attractive investment destination for multinationals.

Indian Oil forms joint venture with France's Total
July 28, 2020
Source: Reuters

Indian Oil forms joint venture with France's Total

Indian Oil Corp. has formed an equal joint venture with France’s Total to manufacture and market high-quality bitumen derivatives and specialty products for India’s growing road-building industry. The joint venture will set up manufacturing units across the country and also explore the possibility of catering to other South Asian markets. The joint venture would commence by taking over an existing plant of Total at Jodhpur in Rajasthan.

OIL resumes well-capping operation after explosion
July 24, 2020

OIL resumes well-capping operation after explosion

Crew members of OIL, ONGC, Alert, Schlumberger and other contractors are at the gas well site in Baghjan and the final preparations for placing capping stack is underway, The gas well site in Baghjan witnessed an inferno a month ago. The capping stack was ready and wrapped with a ceramic blanket and ceramic cloths. A team from IIT Guwahati completed data collection for thermal imaging and sound measurement at required areas under the guidance of district officials and the OIL team.

India's strategic agreement with the U.S. on emergency oil reserves
July 18, 2020
Source: Reuters

India's strategic agreement with the U.S. on emergency oil reserves

The United States and India signed a preliminary agreement on Friday on cooperating on emergency crude oil reserves, including the possibility of India storing oil in the U.S. emergency stockpile. The United States would like to begin the process of sharing with India the establishment of a SPR and then see how the U.S. SPR, comprised of underground caverns in Texas and Louisiana, could help India store oil there.

India gets its first natural gas exchange; trading to begin at these hubs initially
June 15, 2020

India gets its first natural gas exchange; trading to begin at these hubs initially

India will on Monday get its very own natural gas trading platform that will help discover local market price for gas through transparent demand-supply matching. Oil Minister Dharmendra Pradhan will launch the Indian Gas Exchange (IGX) to kickstart natural gas trading, official sources said. IGX is India's first automated national level trading platform to promote and sustain an efficient and robust gas market and foster gas trading in the country.

India's monthly fuel demand jumps 47.4% in May as lockdowns ease
June 11, 2020
Source: Reuters

India's monthly fuel demand jumps 47.4% in May as lockdowns ease

India’s fuel demand rose by nearly 50% in May as the country eased coronavirus-led restrictions, Oil Ministry data showed on Wednesday, signaling a slow revival of economic activity. Fuel consumption, a proxy for oil demand in Asia’s third-biggest economy, totalled 14.65 million tonnes in May, 47.4% higher than in April but still 23.3% lower than a year earlier, the data from PPAC of the ministry showed..

After big blowout, Assam's Baghjan oilfield catches fire
June 10, 2020
Source: The Hindu

After big blowout, Assam's Baghjan oilfield catches fire

On May 27, oil and natural gas began to gush out uncontrollably from the Baghjan oil field in Assam’s Tinsukia district in an event known in industry parlance as a blowout. But even as OIL officials and engineers scrambled to contain the leak, a fire broke out on Tuesday afternoon, birthing a towering inferno at the site. Over 2,000 people have been moved to relief camps since the blowout occurred.

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